Language Placement Assessments

The School of Arts and Humanities at The University of Texas at Dallas offers courses in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Japanese and Spanish.

Students who have no prior language experience are welcome to start their exploration at UT Dallas. They will need to begin the process by taking the Language Placement Assessment.

Students who have prior experience with a language can continue their studies at UT Dallas. The student should review CourseBook to see the course availability and look at the prerequisite course for the one they want to take. If the student meets the prerequisite course using prior course credit earned, the student is still recommended to take the Language Placement Assessment to ensure they have the knowledge and skills necessary to be successful in the course.

The Language Placement Assessment is completely free to take. The assessment will have 75 to 100 questions that increase in difficulty. We recommend that you do not guess an answer on the assessment as you might place higher than the level that you are actually.

Please scroll down on this page for instructions on the assessment for the language that you are interested in.

Arabic Language

All students who are taking Arabic for the first time at UT Dallas must take an online placement test before enrolling*. Students who have not taken this test may be asked to take it before being allowed to continue in the course.

To complete the Arabic Language Placement Test, please follow the instructions:

  1. Register yourself in eLearning for the Arabic Language Placement Test.

  2. Take the test. When you begin the test, you may not stop and go back. If you don’t know how to answer a question, click “next”. Make sure you save your answers before exiting.

  3. Save and/or print your results (score) for your own records.

  4. Your score will be loaded to Orion within 24 hours of taking the test. At that point, you will be able to register yourself in Orion (in Galaxy) for the course approved by your test score as shown below. If you have any problems registering, please see or contact your academic advisor.

UTD Arabic Language Placement Scores

0-19

ARAB 1311

20-39

ARAB 1312

40-59

ARAB 2311

60-75

ARAB 2312

*Students do need not take the exam if prior courses and/or credit by exam scores satisfy ARAB course prerequisites (this includes credit through courses at UT Dallas, transfer credit, and IB credit).

If you have any questions, please contact Zafar Anjum ([email protected]).

Chinese Language Placement Test

All students who are taking Chinese for the first time at UT Dallas must take an online placement test before enrolling*.

To complete the Chinese Language Placement Test, please follow the instructions:

  1. Register yourself in eLearning for the Chinese Language Placement Test.

  2. 2. Take the test. When you begin the test, you may not stop and go back. If you don’t know how to answer a question, click “next”. Make sure you save your answers before exiting.

  3. Save and/or print your results (score) for your own records.

  4. Your score will be loaded to Orion within 24 hours of taking the test. At that point, you will be able to register yourself in Orion (in Galaxy) for the course approved by your test score as shown below. If you have any problems registering, please see or contact your academic advisor.

UTD Chinese Language Placement Scores

0-20

CHIN 1311

21-40

CHIN 1312

41-60

CHIN 2311

61-80

CHIN 2312

81-90

3000 level CHIN courses

91-100

4000 level CHIN courses

*You don't need to take the placement test if prior courses and/or credit by test scores satisfy Chinese course prerequisites (this includes credit through courses at UT Dallas, transfer credit, and HSK, AP or IB credit).

If you have any questions, please contact Bei Chen ([email protected]).

French Language Placement Test

All students who are taking French for the first time at UT Dallas must take an online placement test before enrolling*. Students who have not taken this test may be asked to take it before being allowed to continue in the course.

To complete the French Language Placement Test, please follow the instructions:

  1. Register yourself in eLearning for the French Language Placement Test.

  2. Take the test. When you begin the test, you may not stop and go back. If you don’t know how to answer a question, click “next”. Make sure you save your answers before exiting.

  3. Save and/or print your results (score) for your own records.

  4. Your score will be loaded to Orion within 24 hours of taking the test. At that point, you will be able to register yourself in Orion (in Galaxy) for the course approved by your test score as shown below. If you have any problems registering, please see or contact your academic advisor.

UTD French Language Placement Scores

0–20

FREN 1311

21–40

FREN 1312

41–60

FREN 2311

61–80

FREN 2312

*Students do need not take the exam if prior courses and/or credit by exam scores satisfy FREN course prerequisites (this includes credit through courses at UT Dallas, transfer credit, and AP, IB or CLEP credit).

If you have any questions, please contact Maha Fettouh ([email protected]).

German Placement Test

All students who are taking German for the first time at UT Dallas must take an online placement exam before enrolling*. Students who have not taken this test may be asked to take it before being allowed to continue in the course.

To complete the German Language Placement Test, please follow the instructions:

  1. Register yourself in eLearning for the German Language Placement Test.

  2. Take the test. When you begin the test, you may not stop and go back. If you don’t know how to answer a question, click “next”. Make sure you save your answers before exiting.

  3. Save and/or print your results (score) for your own records.

  4. Your score will be loaded to Orion within 24 hours of taking the test. At that point, you will be able to register yourself in Orion (in Galaxy) for the course approved by your test score as shown below. If you have any problems registering, please see or contact your academic advisor.

UTD German Language Placement Scores

0–20

GERM 1311

21–40

GERM 1312

41–60

GERM 2311

61–80

GERM 2312

*Students do need not take the exam if prior courses and/or credit by exam scores satisfy GERM course prerequisites (this includes credit through courses at UT Dallas, transfer credit, and AP, IB or CLEP credit).

If you have any questions, please contact Nora Collins ([email protected]).

Japanese Language Placement Test

All students who are taking Japanese for the first time at UT Dallas must take an online placement test before enrolling*. Students who have not taken this test may be asked to take it before being allowed to continue in the course.

To complete the Japanese Language Placement Test, please follow the instructions:

  1. Register yourself in eLearning for the Japanese Language Placement Test.

  2. Take the test. When you begin the test, you may not stop and go back. If you don’t know how to answer a question, click “next”. Make sure you save your answers before exiting.

  3. Save and/or print your results (score) for your own records.

  4. Your score will be loaded to Orion within 24 hours of taking the test. At that point, you will be able to register yourself in Orion (in Galaxy) for the course approved by your test score as shown below. If you have any problems registering, please see or contact your academic advisor.

UTD Japanese Language Placement Scores

0–30

JAPN 1311

31–50

JAPN 1312

51–60

JAPN 2311

61–90

JAPN 2312

91–100

JAPN 3311

*Students do need not take the exam if prior courses and/or credit by exam scores satisfy JAPN course prerequisites (this includes credit through courses at UT Dallas, transfer credit, and AP or IB credit).

If you have any questions, please contact Nami Kroska ([email protected]).

Spanish Language Placement Test

All students who are taking Spanish for the first time at UT Dallas must take an online placement test before enrolling*. Students who have not taken this test may be asked to take it before being allowed to continue in the course. 

To complete the Spanish Language Placement Test, please follow the instructions: 

  1. Register yourself in eLearning for the Spanish Language Placement Test.

  2. Take the test. When you begin the test, you may not stop and go back. If you don’t know how to answer a question, click “next”. Make sure you save your answers before exiting.

  3. Save and/or print your results (score) for your own records.

  4. Your score will be loaded to Orion within 24 hours of taking the test. At that point, you will be able to register yourself in Orion (in Galaxy) for the course approved by your test score as shown below. If you have any problems registering, please see or contact your academic advisor.

UTD Spanish Language Placement Scores

0-20

SPAN 1311

21-40

SPAN 1312

41-60

SPAN 2311

61-80

SPAN 2312

81-93

3000 level SPAN courses

94-100

4000 level SPAN courses

*Students do need not take the exam if prior courses and/or credit by exam scores satisfy SPAN course prerequisites (this includes credit through courses at UT Dallas, transfer credit, and AP, IB or CLEP credit).

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Lorena Camacho ([email protected]).